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Clarkson Student Will Present Paper at National Conference in Texas

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Peter S. Bird, a senior Honors student in Clarkson University's Communication & Media Department, has been selected by the Computers and Writing 2006 Conference committee to present a poster presentation at their national conference, May 25 - 28, 2006. The peer-reviewed conference, hosted by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, drew submissions from faculty, graduate and undergraduate students from across North America. faberbird

Bird's poster presentation is titled Nanotechnology and Audience-Specific Interface Design. "My presentation," said Bird, "will be based on my thesis research on the societal changes resulting from advances in nanotechnology. I'll be presenting these changes in an online course module to sophomore engineering students to teach them how to think about broader societal implications of science and technology."

The theme for the Computers and Writing 2006 Conference is Still Making Knowledge on the Frontier(s). Conference attendees will examine, among other things, the increasing datagogy in the field of writing, communication through wireless and mobile technologies, the developed integration of open-source tools and the increased influence of technical composition.

Bird recently received word of another honor. He has been approved by the Society for Technical Communication (STC) Board of Directors to be a member of Sigma Tau Chi. The honor fraternity recognizes students in baccalaureate or graduate students enrolled in technical communication programs who have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or above, are exemplary in participation in STC, and demonstrate a potential for significant contribution to the profession. Bird will be honored at the 53rd STC Annual Conference in Las Vegas on May 7.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

PHOTO CAPTION: Peter S. Bird, a senior honors student in Clarkson University's Communication & Media Department, will present a poster presentation based on his thesis research on nanotechnology and communication at the Computers and Writing 2006 Conference in Lubbock, Texas, May 25 - 28. Brenton D, Faber, associate professor, Communication and Media, is Bird's thesis advisor.

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